Rebuilding of the Temple and Renewal of Hope: Leadership Lessons from Zerubbabel, Ezra, and Nehemiah
Friedman, H. H. and Herskovitz, P. J. (2019). Rebuilding of the Temple and renewal of hope: Leadership lessons from Zerubbabel, Ezra, and Nehemiah. Journal of Values-Based Leadership, 12(2), Article 6.
Posted: 14 Jul 2019
Date Written: July 12, 2019
The past three decades have been witness to a nascent but compelling body of literature on lessons in leadership for business derived from biblical narratives. The aim of this paper is to advance that effort. Specifically, this study considers the leadership of Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah who built the Second Temple on the ruins of the First, and that of Ezra and Nehemiah, who instituted reforms -- religious, financial, and agrarian. When Zerubbabel arrived in Judah from Babylon, the walls of Jerusalem were breached and the land was filled with people hostile to the construction of the Temple. This paper discusses mistakes made by Zerubbabel as a leader, how Ezra and Nehemiah rectified these errors, and demonstrates what leaders of today can learn from the issues pertaining to the Second Temple period.
Keywords: Zerubbabel, Ezra, Nehemiah, Zechariah, Leadership, Biblical Leaders, Second Temple Period, Social Justice
JEL Classification: J50, M12, M14, M54
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